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Keys to be on O’s pregame show today

*Watch the interview with Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Matt Hobgood here.

*From the MASN O’s Xtra set:

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From left: Tim Berry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Ohlman, Matt Hobgood, Jim Hunter

From left: Tim Berry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Ohlman, Matt Hobgood, Jim Hunter

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What are you doing this afternoon?

Well, at 3, stop doing it, find a TV and turn on MASN to watch Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Matt Hobgood.

Ohlman, the Keys power-htting catcher, leads the team and is among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.302/.404/.535).

Berry, a left-hander, has been on a roll since the all-star break, going 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in eight starts. He’s 8-6 with a 3.86 ERA on the season.

And Hobgood, the Orioles’ first-round pick in 2009, joined the Keys in mid-July. In his first season since shoulder surgery sidelined him for all of last year, Hobgood has pitched well in three of his four outings with the Keys. He piggy-backed on Trent Howard’s start yesterday and threw four scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and fanning four.

This is Hobgood’s introduction at Camden Yards back in ’09

So, at 3 p.m., watch MASN. Shake your Keys.

Steve Pearce Rehabs In Frederick

Steve Pearce is the first Baltimore to rehab with the Frederick Keys this season. He has been out since June 21 with sore wrists. He plans to play all three games of this home stand against the Lynchburg Hillcats and will bat second and play first base in tonight’s lineup. Check out the official press release on Pearce’s visit to Frederick here.

*Fun facts about Pearce at Harry Grove Stadium from out broadcaster, Tim Murray.

In other transactions news, Keys catcher, Zane Chavez, has been activated from the disabled list and will bat fourth as the designated hitter in tonight’s lineup. He was placed on the DL on June 14 due to an oblique strain.

*The Keys went 16 innings against the Salem Red Sox on Friday night.  Thanks to Michael Ohlman, the Keys finished their road trip with a win.

On their last road trip, the Keys went .500 winning three of their six games.  The final game against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Keys face the Hillcats at home tonight at 7pm.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Jason Esposito has been a silent killer for the Keys in the month of July. He is batting .312 this month with four doubles and 17 RBIs in addition playing both corners of the diamond. He will bat in the sixth position tonight where is hitting .299 with two home runs and 16 RBIs this season.

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Brady Wager is set to start in tonight’s game against the Lynchburg Hillcats.  Wager is 2-4 this season with a 4.86 ERA.  He has lost all four of his home starts this season.

*Speaking of Keys starters, Tim Murray sat down Zach Clark last week to talk some Keys baseball.

*Tim Murray also sat down with Lex Rutledge on July 25, just a day after he was promoted from Class-A Delmarva.

*Have you voted for Keyote yet as the best mascot in the Carolina League? Do it now!

*Don’t forget to take out poll and follow us on Twitter.

Howard to the hill as Keys try to bounce back

Before we get to tonight, let’s quickly recap last night, which wasn’t pretty for the Keys in Salem.

A seven-run Salem fourth turned a 4-3 lead into a 10-3 deficit and led to an eventual 13-9 loss. The last time the Keys led was on Jason Esposito’s two-run jack in the top of the fourth. Let’s take a listen:

*More on last night in the game story on FrederickKeys.com

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As for tonight’s game, Trent Howard takes the mound 13 days since he last pitched. He held Carolina scoreless and allowed just one hit and no walks over five innings against Carolina on July 12, a game the Keys won 1-0. As a starter, Howard is 0-0 with a 3.25 ERA in seven starts. As a reliever, Howard is 3-0 with a save, a 0.62 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 29 innings.

With Julio Rodriguez being placed on the DL on Tuesday, Howard could claim a rotation spot, especially if he continues pitching so well. More on everything Keys vs. Red Sox in tonight’s game notes:

*In other Keys news, the Orioles announced that they’ve signed Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez and will assign him to Frederick.

More on that from The Sun and MASN:

*Keys catcher Michael Ohlman wants fans to help him choose his walk-up song when the Keys return home Monday. Vote in this blog post. The choices:

You can vote here, too:

*While you’re in the voting mood, vote for Keyote in MiLB’s Mascot Mania. Vote on MiLB.com by clicking here and via twitter by tweeting/retweeting any tweet with #mascotmania and @FrederickKeys in it. For example:

*Those two were winners of our #VoteKeyote giveaways today. Here’s what they won:

*Keep your eyes peeled to twitter for more #VoteKeyote giveaways tomorrow.

*And our Former Key Highlight of the Day: Look at ’04-05 Key Jim Johnson shut the door on the Yankees in game two of the ALDS.

Shake your Keys.

Clue Night revisited: Experience the murder mystery at The Grove

After a seven-inning investigation, the killer of Frederick Keys beloved mascot Frank Key was apprehended, his heinous crime pieced together and revealed to the crowd at Harry Grove Stadium Wednesday night.

Confused? Then you probably missed Clue Night at The Grove on Wednesday. No worries if you did, you can experience it right here on the blog.

*For those of you who are impatient and want to see the murder scene, watch the video below. If you’d like to play along, don’t watch now, watch it at the bottom of the page.

*Clue sheets, to play along:

The Crime

Murder at Harry Grove Stadium! Beloved mascot Frank Key was found dead in front of the stadium this afternoon and Frederick Keys detective Brandon Apter is working to solve the crime. He knows Frank Key’s body was moved after he was killed. Det. Apter, who just happens to be the stadium butler, has six prime suspects – Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet and Mrs. White – all of whom he will be questioning during the game. The questions are who did it, where and with what weapon?

*The crime scene, the question and the suspects in six seconds!

The Suspects, in greater detail

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter, stadium butler.

*On twitter, the people,  outraged by the crime, took to aiding the investigation using #WhoKilledFrankKey. Some leads were helpful, others not so much.

The investigation begins

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Shortly after 7 p.m., Butler/Det. Apter took the first base dugout to inform the crowd that their was a murderer in their midst and introduce the suspects. He also alerted them to the ongoing investigation, the six possible murder weapons and six places the killing might have occurred, that clues would be shown on the video board and live interrogations of the suspects would occur on the dugout.

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Fans would be alerted to the new developments by this sound:

What Apter knew at this point was that all six suspects were hanging out in the clubhouse earlier that day. Then, Frank Key was dead!

The first clue

It came during the top of the second and appeared on the video board. All the clues were also sent out on Twitter for those playing along at home.

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*So, it appears, Mrs. White may be off the hook.

The second clue: Mr. Green’s interview

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The stadium butler brought Mr. Green atop the dugout in the middle of third inning, to tell his story. He appeared flustered, once referring to Col. Mustard as Corporal Mustard, but did his best to exonerate himself. The interview transcript:

Det. Apter:         I’m here with Mr. Green. Tell me, sir, what do you know?

Mr. Green:         I was in the clubhouse with everyone waiting for Mrs. White to bring lunch back and fell asleep. I awoke to a scream and saw Professor Plum was still there. I noticed all the cleats were accounted for but a bat and the Gatorade cooler was missing. Professor Plum said Miss Scarlet, (Colonel) Mustard and Mrs. Peacock were all gone.

*A missing bat, eh, Mr. Green?

The third clue

The next development in the case came after the fourth inning.

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*Never mind the questionable grammar/awkward wording, the missing bat was in the press box. Hmmmmm…..

The fourth clue: Mrs. Peacock’s interview

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Before the sixth inning, Stadium Butler/Det. Apter brought Mrs. Peacock in front of the crowd to tell her story. Peacock’s alibi? She was “stuffing her face” at concession stand when she heard Frank Key’s bone-chilling scream. More from her interview:

Det. Apter:         So, Mrs. Peacock, things don’t look so good for you right now. We know you weren’t in the clubhouse at the time of the murder. Why did you leave the clubhouse? Did you kill Frank Key?!?!

Mrs. Peacock:    I left the clubhouse but I did not kill Frank Key! I was sick of waiting for Mrs. White so I went to the concession stand to make lunch. When walking there I passed Colonel Mustard trying to get into the press box, but it was locked. I made myself an Angus burger and then heard a scream. I ran out and saw nobody in the bullpen. The tarp was also rolled up and untouched. I did however see a table knife fall from the Mattress Warehouse Club and Miss Scarlet was hurrying back inside the club.

*A knife! Mustard and the press box! Scarlet in the Club!

Before we reveal the killer, who do you think did it?

The killer revealed

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After the seventh inning, Apter brought all six suspects atop the dugout to face the crowd, Frank Key’s family and friends. He said he had solved the murder! He had put it together and solved this heinous crime.

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The transcript:

Det. Apter:         One of you is the murderer and I know who it is. It is not Mrs. White, who was getting food, or Mr. Green or Professor Plum, who were in the clubhouse. It was not Mrs. Peacock in the concession stand making lunch either. It must be either Miss Scarlet or Colonel Mustard and I know who it is….

*The murder reenacted:

Det. Apter:          It was you Colonel Mustard!  You stashed a bat in the press box thinking Frank Key would be there alone and you could kill him but when you returned the press box was locked! Then, your plan foiled, you stepped out on the concourse and you saw him! You saw Frank Key in the dugout and raced down to the field, catching him by surprise! Then, you drowned him in the Gatorade cooler!

Col. Mustard:    Lies! What about Miss Scarlet!? She had the knife!

Det. Apter:         Miss Scarlet is not the killer! Just a neat freak who went to the club to clean. She found a table knife and picked it up. Startled when she heard Frank Key scream,  she threw it over the ledge!

Col. Mustard:    It wasn’t me!

Det. Apter:         Then why are your trousers soaked in Gatorade!?!?! (Quick pan in on soaked pants)

Col Mustard:      That’s right – I did do it! I never liked that Frank Key guy. It was me – Colonel Mustard – in the Dugout – with the Gatorade Cooler!

*So, it was Mustard all along! Security escorted him out to boos and one fan’s cry of “Get him out of here! You’re disgusting!”

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Frank Key’s killer has been brought to justice.

Mystery solved.

*Butler/Detective Apter debriefed:

Time to wake up the bats in Winston-Salem

Before we get started talking current Keys, let’s take a moment to watch former Key Nick Markakis’ incredible home-run robbing catch. Because I just figured out how to embed MLB.com videos here, Markakis’ grab becomes the first in a new segment: Former Keys Highlight of the Day.

No homer for you, Adrian Beltre.

Moving on to the current Frederick squad, the Keys lost 3-2 last night, only able to muster five hits. One of them was Allan de San Miguel’s RBI double, which sounded like this:

*The Keys’ catcher was also featured in this week’s edition of Five Questions in the Frederick News-Post. Read it here

Read more on last night’s loss on FrederickKeys.com.

*In today’s Keys notebook in the FNP, Greg Swatek takes a look at Matt Hobgood’s 4.1 inning, one-run debut on Saturday.

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Tonight’s Keys starter Brady Wager surely hopes his teammates break out of their recent offensive funk.

*Frederick’s offense has been lacking for all but one game in the last five.

The Keys have had five or fewer hits in four of their last five games and have scored two or fewer runs in those four. On Friday, Frederick had 14 hits, 13 of them singles, and scored nine runs, an anomaly during their recent offensive woes. Since being no-hit by Salem on Wednesday, Frederick has had just four extra-base hits and is batting .176 (6-for-34) with runners in scoring position.

Here’s to hoping their bats reawaken tonight, with the Keys just 1.5 games behind Wilmington for a second-half playoff berth.

Brady Wager starts for the Keys against Chris Beck, who, incredibly, is yet to register a no-decision through 17 starts. He’s 9-8, leading the league in wins and has the second-most losses. More on Wager, Beck and tonight’s game in the game notes:

*O’s legend Boog Powell was Frederick’s guest Saturday on Salute to the Orioles Night at The Grove. Tim Murray sat down and talked with the man best known for hitting homers, going sleeveless and making some excellent barbeque:

Have you voted for Keyote yet in MiLB’s #mascotmania? If not, do it right now. If yes, vote again! Either click on the link above, tweet your vote by including #mascotmania @FrederickKeys and @MiLB, or retweet an existing tweet like the one below. If you vote on twitter, the Keys will retweet you, too! You can vote on up to 25 times a day on Twitter.

Vote Keyote and shake your keys.

 

Keys go for series win in front of O’s legend Boog Powell

Boog Powell will be in signing autographs Saturday night at Harry Grove Stadium

After last night’s walk-win over Salem, the Keys have given themselves a chance to win their four-game series with the Red Sox after being no-hit on Wednesday, win their third game in a row and take eight out of 10 games from Salem at Harry Grove Stadium this season.

And who better to do that in front the legendary Orioles first baseman and BBQ connoisseur Boog Powell. As part of our Salute to the Orioles, the Keys’ only big-league club since their inception in 1989,  Boog will be at The Grove to throw out the first pitch and sign some autographs.

First pitch is at 6 p.m. and Boog will begin signing when the gates open at 5 p.m. Get your tickets and come hang out with Boog.

*Before we get to today’s game, let’s talk about last night, when the Keys walked off Salem for third time this season.

Here’s how it ended:

And here’s some reading from last night, courtesy of Greg Swatek of the Frederick News-Post, who incredibly beat his early deadline despite a three-hour, 40-minute game.

*Tonight, Julio Rodriguez gets the ball tonight for the Keys, hoping to provide his first good outing since his transfer to Frederick. He’s 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in three starts and lefties have done the most damage against him, batting .375 with six extra-base hits. Opposing Rodriguez is Heri Quevedo, who made an appearance in relief on Opening Day at Harry Grove Stadium: 2.1 innings, six hits, seven runs, six earned and two home runs. More on tonight’s game in the game notes:

*There’s decent chance Matt Hobgood, the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft, will make his debut for the Keys tonight. Injuries have plagued Hobgood since he was taken by Baltimore, but now healthy, he seems to be rediscovering his stuff. He spoke with David Lassen of the Riverside Press-Enterprise about his promotion to Frederick and getting healthy for this column:

*Tonight’s lineup:

*ICYMI: The skunk glove has been found! The glove Miguel Chalas used to capture a skunk in the Lynchburg outfield was not destroyed, as we originally believed. Why? We do not know. For now, it lives atop a shed near the clubhouse.

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*Don’t forget to vote for Keyote in the MiLB mascot mania! Vote on twitter using @FrederickKeys and #mascotmania or on milb.com. You can also vote up to 25 times a day by retweeting these tweets:

Shake your Keys

 

Who Killed Frank Key?!

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That’s right folks, there has been a murder at Harry Grove Stadium.  Our very own Frank Key has been killed and it is up to you to find out whodunit.

Let’s take a look at the suspects in a little more detail…

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter.

Detective Apter needs YOUR help.  Be sure to chime into the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WhoKilledFrankKey.

*In other news, the Keys have a game tonight against the Salem Red Sox at 7pm, gates open at 6pm.  This is the first of a four game series at home against the Red Sox. The Keys will then go on the road for seven games so be sure to catch them this weekend.

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Tucker Nathans has been nothing but hot lately. In his last seven games, he is batting .440 (11-25) with two doubles. He was called up from Class-A Delmarva on July 7.

*Keys outfielder and tonight’s leadoff hitter, Johnny Ruettiger got some love from MiLB. Check out the story below.

Brady Wager to start tonight for the Keys. Since his first two starts that we rather rough, Wager is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings pitched, allowing 20 hits, 11 runs, seven earned, and nine walks.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*If you missed yesterday’s edition of Unlocking They Keys, then you probably missed Ryan Minor’s interview. But don’t fret, you can check it out right here.

*There have been a lot of transactions being made in Frederick and the entire Baltimore Orioles system.  Righty, Matt Hobgood has been promoted from Delmarva along with infielder Michael Mosby.  Also, Zach Petersime and Delvi Cid have been released.

Mudcats In Frederick For Sunday Funday

Last night’s game is a tough one to talk about  for the more than 8,000 Keys fans at Harry Grove Stadium.  The Carolina Mudcats beat the Keys last night 11-1.

Glynn Davis scored the only Keys run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of a RBI single by Delvi Cid. In his first game back at the Grove after being transferred from Double-A Bowie, Cid went 2-for-2 with two singles, one RBI and a stolen base.

*If you missed last night’s game, check out the Frederick News-Post’s  game story here.

Julio Rodriguez will start tonight for Frederick. In his last start with Frederick, he walked six batters and allowed four runs on one hit, a homer, in just two innings in his last start before he was pulled from the game at Wilmington.

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Tucker Nathans is the man to look out for tonight batting in the five spot tonight.  He went 2-for-4 last night with a double. In five games with Frederick this season, he is batting .389 with two doubles, a RBI and a stolen base. Nathans went undrafted out of Fairfield but was signed in 2013 by the Orioles after two years of independent ball.

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Tucker Nathans with the Shorebirds.

*For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below!

*The Baltimore Orioles organization sent three players to the All-Star Futures game including current Frederick Keys first baseman, Christian Walker.

The U.S. team defeated the World team 4-2. Walker did not start, however he finished the game 0-for-2 with a pop out and a strikeout.  In his first at-bat, he faced former Keys pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, who is currently pitching for Double-A Bowie.

*Last night’s starter, Trent Howard, sat down with Keys broadcaster, Tim Murray, before yesterday’s game.

*Check out our newest blog poll below.

Get your Bundy Bobblehead tonight

The day has come, all you bobblehead collectors.

The Keys will be giving away 1,000 Dylan Bundy bobbleheads courtesy of Frederick Radiology when the gates open at 5 p.m. for tonight’s 6 p.m. game against the Carolina Mudcats. This is what a few to several hundred folks will be waiting in line for:

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*If you want a bobble:

  1. Get your ticket. You can do that here or at the box office at the stadium.
  2. Get here early. The earlier the better. We give one bobble for each person through the gate, not each ticket. One bobble per warm body.
  3. Be prepared to wait. Maybe bring a magazine.

*All your other gameday info is here.

Shake your Keys.

Series split at stake for Keys tonight

The Keys broke out of their most recent funk last night. snapping a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 win at Wilmington. Brady Wager was exceptional, picking up his second straight win by allowing just one run over seven innings. And Johnny Ruettiger got the Keys started offensively on the first pitch of the game:

*Read more about last night’s win here.

Zach Davies is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA vs. Wilmington this year.

Zach Davies is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA vs. Wilmington this year.

As for tonight, Zach Davies will start for Frederick, the Keys with the opportunity to split this four-game series in Wilmington after dropping the first two games. Davies hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his last 10 starts and is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against Wilmington. The Blue Rocks’ starter, Kyle Smith, isn’t so bad either. His 2.91 ERA is the fourth best in the Carolina League and he’s 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts against the Keys this season. More on tonight’s contest in the game notes:

*Going back to last night, Christian Walker racked up two more hits and two more RBIs, continuing his stellar month of July. The reigning Carolina Player of the Week talked about heading to the All-Star Futures Game this weekend with broadcaster Adam Pohl.

*Another nugget from last night’s win: Ashur Tolliver‘s season debut. He made his first appearance for the Keys since Sept. 4, 2011 in last night’s 6-1 win. Tolliver threw two scoreless innings, allowed a hit and a walks and struck out three in his 2013 Keys debut. He missed all of 2012 after having Tommy John surgery and was promoted to Frederick from Delmarva on Sunday.

*Have you seen Miguel Chalas catch the skunk in Lynchburg yet? If not, here it is.

*Have you voted for your favorite Frederick Keys’ thrift shop outfit yet? If not, check out the impromptu player fashion show that took place in Lynchburg over the weekend here.

*The Keys return home tomorrow to take on the Mudcats. Dylan Bundy bobblehead giveaway is Saturday. Get your tickets.

Shake your keys.

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